Orchid mala is finally done.
I was thinking this morning about meaningful art and mandalas came to mind. When I made my “life wheel” years ago, I didn’t realize I was making a mandala, but it’s always been one of my favorite enamels and seems to please others as well. It was difficult…all those semi-straight wires wanting to fall over…but, …
Freedom from “having to be a”… In this case…enamelist. Rose pyrite beads to repel negative energy, especially my own.
This enamel is one I made very early on in my enameling journey. It’s on silver plated steel I got from Thompson’s Enamels. I don’t think they even sell these anymore. The enamel has bubbles, cracks, the silver was beginning to burn away. The enamel is Thompson’s unleaded, I hadn’t even discovered leaded enamels yet. …
Hand knotting the mala beads is a meditative part of the process. These strands are both jade.
Making a cloisonné bead for an aquamarine, hand knotted, 108 bead mala.
World of Warcraft, Horde, Blood Elf, Death Knight. Thank you to the person whose character inspired this piece. I took a screen shot. You never knew. Ninja cloisonné…./drops firing fork. You’d have to play to understand.
You just can’t have too many!